The 12 Days of Fitmas – Day 2: Soleus Stretch

How: Stand in a calf stretch. Bring your back leg in alittle closer. Bend your knee and keep your heel on the floor. You should feelthe calf stretch move lower (more toward your Achilles area). Hold for 30seconds, then repeat on the other side.

Why: When dancers fatigue they bend their knee a bit to getup on releve. This creates tension in the soleus area, which starts limitingankle flexibility.

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